Contemporary Romance

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Christmas Where They Belong

Bawling my eyes out doesn’t usually go with “holiday romance” for me as I tend to prefer my Christmas stories a bit more on the fairytale side. However, this year  I picked up something a bit different with Christmas Where They Belong by Marion Lennox (from 2014). Though at times a very dif ...

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Long Shot

There are sports romances and then… there’s Long Shot.  Unflinching, challenging and powerful, Long Shot transports readers from the highest highs to the lowest, most harrowing lows.  I had vague ideas this book was more than it purported to be (a basketball romance) and it absolutely was.  Y ...

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A Wedding One Christmas

If I had to use one word to describe A Wedding One Christmas by Therese Beharrie it would be 'heartfelt'. Set in South Africa, it's the sweet and introspective tale of two people who meet by fate or happenstance one day a few weeks before Christmas. It's a day that will change both their lives for t ...

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Want Me, Cowboy

Friends-to-lovers alert, y’all, with a healthy dose of unrequited love! Poppy Sinclair has been in love with Isaiah Grayson since… well, forever… but has done a great job of keeping her feelings under wraps. He is her boss, after all. But then he gets this cockamaime idea to place a want ad fo ...

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SEAL's Honor

I can’t quite decide if SEAL's Honor wants to be a bog standard contemporary romance or a romantic suspense because it flirts with both. The result is enjoyable, but perhaps a touch forgettable. I’m eager to see where Ms. Crane goes with the series, because I think getting to know Blue’s compa ...

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Dance All Night

I'm a sucker for hero in pursuit stories and Alexis Daria has pushed all the right buttons for me in her new novella, Dance All Night. It's part of the Dance Off series but takes place away from the show, with a holiday theme and two people who love dance who find themselves falling in love with eac ...

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Tap: A Love Story

Tracy Ewens adds a final chapter to her McNaughton Brothers series and another to her A Love Story series of contemporary romances set around Petaluma with Tap: A Love Story. Cade McNaughton of the Foghorn Brewery McNaughtons is footloose and fancy free.  Not quite a player, he’s nonetheless e ...

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Pretty Woman

I like rags-to-riches stories, so when I read that the heroine of Fern Michaels’ Pretty Woman is an unhappily married woman who wins the lottery, it sounded worth a look.  While I wouldn’t recommend this book, it does deserves props for what it does well. Rosie Bliss is fat. No two ways arou ...

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Renewing Forever

Kelly Jensen continues her This Time Forever series about couples in their forties finding love and happiness with Renewing Forever, a beautifully written, reflective and somewhat wistful story about childhood friends whose lives went in very different directions, and who must work out if the forev ...

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A Christmas Proposition

Trope alerts: frenemies to lovers and marriage of convenience. Those two tick your boxes? Then, to be frank, you can skip my review and go to “buy now” because this one is a fabulous example of both tropes and how they can work together. Indifferent on them? Then let me try to convince you other ...